Saturday 25 November 2017

Eircode must deliver in college grants test

(Stock photo) Photo: PA
(Stock photo) Photo: PA


For the first time, third-level students will be obliged to include their new post code in their college grant applications. The grants authority, Susi, will use the codes to assess qualification for an enhanced grant based on a distance from places of study.

The Eircode postal code was introduced last year and is not yet widely used. This is one of the early tests for the code system which was expensive to devise and the subject of other controversies, not least questions about effectiveness compared with the considerable costs.

Susi will oblige students applying for grants to use the system from early next month onwards. The code is expected to more efficiently determine just how far a student is from their place of study.

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